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Victoria Beckham writes moving letter to her 16-year-old self

You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest...you have never properly fitted in
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Victoria Beckham has written an open letter to her younger self, in the October issue of US Vogue.

Victoria, who rose to fame as one fifth of infamous British pop band The Spice Girls, revealed in the letter that she wasn’t always the confident, glamorous individual we see today.

Far from it, the mum-of-four saw herself as a “plump” teenager who was neither the “prettiest” nor the “thinnest” member of her dance school.

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Victoria in her teenage days

I know you are struggling right now, reads the note.

You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college. You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls. You have bad acne. You think the Principal has put you at the back of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front. (This may or may not be true.)

Victoria goes on to reveal romantic and heart-warming details about how she first met her husband of 17 years, David.

Learn more about football, especially the offside rule. And yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge – although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy. While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage – you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)

VB also poked fun at her previous fashion faux pas, including some questionable 90s choices.

You are going to have so much fun with your clothes – PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile. It will add interest to your life to go from one extreme to another. I love the fact that you will feel free to express yourself. Fashion will take on added stature one day, but try not to be stifled by it. You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed.

The full letter is published in October’s US Vogue

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